I agree that Gatto certainly has some interesting viewpoints, some of which I subscribed to during my teaching years. My students were taught to be critical thinkers and that it was ok to disagree with me and with each other. The idea I wanted them to understand was that it was important to listen, to think, and then to offer calmly and rationally a reasonable, sensible counterpoint. It was fun to see sparkle in the eyes of students as they learned to express themselves and to offer those points and counterpoints.
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